Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 13, 2010

Free Tools for Fine-Tuning Your Windows 7 Setup – No-cost apps and Web services help you set up your Windows 7 computer just the way you want it.

Disaster-Proof Your PC: Image Your Drive, Make a Backup Plan – Last week I told you how to create a system-repair disc, remove the junkware, and set up security on a new computer. Now it’s time to perform the ultimate hassle-prevention steps: imaging your hard drive and setting up a backup plan.

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When PDFs And Flash Files Attack – It’s getting harder to protect our users from threats coming at them from seemingly trusted places.

Wanted: Beta Testers! – Sunbelt Software is in the final stages of beta testing VIPRE Antivirus Premium V4.0. Get on the inside track and be part of history, contribute to the future of VIPRE Antivirus Premium. Many new features and enhancements!

MS Patch Tuesday: Critical font engine vulnerability – The first Microsoft patch for 2010 is out, providing cover for a solitary vulnerability in the way Windows handles EOT Embedded OpenType fonts.

Microsoft makes it legal to rent Windows, Office worldwide – For the past few years, Microsoft has been conducting experiments in various countries as to how and whether “renting” software could become a viable business model.

Ransomware: Extortion via the Internet – Ransomware got its start in 1989. Back then, it was relatively ineffective. That’s changing, which is bad news for us.

This Week’s Top 10 Spyware Threats – Stay on top of all the real-time threats.

Off Topic:

Canada’s The Beaver magazine renamed to end porn mix-up – Canada’s second-oldest magazine, The Beaver, is changing its name after 90 years because the title is too often censored by online porn filters, preventing it from reaching new online readers.

That cold snap was global warming in action – China is blaming global warming for the cold, and there may be something to that. Instability is increasing in global weather patterns as average temperatures warm.

War Isn’t What It Used To Be – Before 1945, there was a formula for how wars were fought and ended. When groups disagreed, they duked it out until one surrendered. When they ended, wars had clear winners and losers. With U.S. troops leaving Iraq and deploying in Afghanistan, it’s worth asking: how are wars won now? Increasingly, they’re not.

The Fundamental Unreliability Of America’s Media – The proliferation of anonymity ensures pervasive falsehoods.

Survey: Americans are fat…and delusional – There’s a big disconnect between Americans’ opinion of their health and well being and reality, according to a survey by Philips Electronics.

Today’s Quote:

“Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong”.

–     Anonymous

Today’s Free Downloads:

Giveaway of the Day – AnVir Task Manager 6.2 – AnVir Task Manager controls everything running on computer, removes Trojans, increases performance and tweaks Windows. AnVir Task Manager provides convenience by offering all of its features in a single interface. It saves money because users won’t have to buy multiple packages to perform a family of related tasks.

Watermark Image Software – When it comes to embedding a watermark in digital images, almost any image editing program will do. But when you have dozens of images that need the same treatment, it’s easier to work with a dedicated tool like Watermark Image.

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